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Friday Food: Caramelised Sriracha Onions and Baked Sausages

This must be the easiest dBangers and sriracha onionsinner I have made in quite a while. And the tastiest. I had put some aside for MrsDrWho, but I ate it for my tea tonight. Sorry, I'll make some more tomorrow!!!!

It's from the August Delicious magazine.

Sriracha sauce is a chilli sauce, and I had to go to Coles, the Deli at the corner, and finally Woolies before I could find some. I found Fountain Sirarcha Chilli Sauce, and so I expect it is as far from the real thing as possible. If you can't find it, substitute Sambal or Peri-Peri sauce, or even whip up your own with a few ingredients I'm pretty sure people usually have in the cupboard.

I used my favourite pork sausages, and served them with mashed potato and broccolini. Yum!! I used red onions, though the recipe doesn't specify. I blithely used whole thyme leaves, without chopping them, I threw caution to the wind. I could not find a dried chilli, so as I like my food hot, I added a scant teaspoon of dried chilli flakes: you will know how hot you like your chilli!!!

I am going to make a batch of the caramelised sriracha onions to keep in the fridge for when the mood takes me. It is that good.

 

Caramelised Sriracha Onions and Baked Sausages     serves 4

  • 2 tbspn fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 thick beef or lamb sausages. Or pork.

For the onions:

  • 2 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 onions, halved and thinly sliced, I used red onions
  • 1/4 cup sriracha sauce
  • 2 tbspn brown sugar
  • 2 dried chillis, seeds removed, sliced

NB An Australian tablespoon is 20ml or 4 teaspoons.

 

Preheat the oven to 200*C

Start onions

Heat a saucepan over medium to low heat and add the sliced onions, brown sugar and sriracha. Stir well to coat the onions, cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sausages and thyme

Meanwhile, coat the sausages with the olive oil and thyme leaves, arrange in a lined baking tin and cook for 20 minutes, No need to turn or baste, just let them be.

Finishing onions

After 20 minutes, remove the lid from the onions and add the chilli, if you are adding any, and then cook for another 5 minutes with the lid off. The onions should be soft and caramelised.

And there you go, all done. The Delicious magazine seems to think that sausages and caramelised sirarcha onions is a whole meal. I tend towards adding extra vegetables. It was delicious with the broccolini, and the mashed potato, which also took 20 minutes to cook. 

Dinner

 


Eighty-Eight Is Enough

You know you've not been on The Ravelry for a while when you click through eighty-eight pages of your Friends' activity and you don't recognise a thing. The little tags at the bottom said more than a month by the end, wow. I've yet to click through the blogs I read and and in one cold-induced accident I marked everything as "Read'. Oops!!

I have knitted something: a Dalek and Kaled for MrsDrWho's nephew, MrSingapore. He wanted a yellow and blue Dalek, so I took him to The Wool Shop to choose the colours: he actually wanted a mustard and turquoise Dalek.

Open The Dalek, see a Kaled

It is a bit wonky, but as it was going to be squooshed in a bag all the way to Singapore, it could be unsquooshed when it arrived. I cut a circle from the cover of a  plastic display book and inserted it into the base before I ended off. I am pleased with The Kaled, though it is a little large and I had to make the zippy pocket larger so it would fit.

We met a puppy

Peri and Gilly are both well. We did have to go to the vet. We met an unvaccinated puppy and then over the next few days The Labradors developed The Sneezes. Last time we met a similar puppy, Harki and Peri caught The Kennel Cough, so I was a tad concerned. The vet we saw was Dr Lisa, and I taught Dr Lisa in Grade 2!!!! How exciting and even better when she pronounced them fine. They may have had just a little cold or allergy, but no horrid diseases. Peri suffered for a day or two after all the extra jumping in and out of the car. She is fine again and runs on our walk. Gilly runs too, all the way to the top of the hill when we are at the bottom. She is a fast runner!!

Labradors running

I've felt well enough to go out during the day, and during the evening. I won two tickets to see Dylan Moran from The ABC. MrsDrWho and I went and he was very funny. I laughed all the time and was so sad when it was over. I could have sat there for much longer and been amused. I was home by 10pm. We also went to a Costume Parade from the local theatre and musical  groups. I was home by 9-30pm.  No late nights here!!!

I've also felt well enough to cook and made a yummy caramel cake for Morning Tea at MrsDrWho's school. Mine looks nothing like the photo on the cover:

Caramel cake

I did just two layers as it is easier to cut and serve, I am a poor icing piper so my swirls are smaller, and no toffee because it had to wait overnight to be eaten, and it was so cold the runny chocolate sauce set straight away and didn't drip artistically. I did send along the salted caramel sauce to be drizzle over the top before it was served. It was given 5 out of 3 for deliciousness!!!!

Cake

I met The Lovely Andrea in the supermarket as I was buying the ingredients for tomorrow's Friday Food. I must say my tea was scrumptious and I followed the recipe almost to a T!!! The Lovely Andrea and I usually meet in the supermarket, where we block aisles, or in The BlackSpot of Doomlight (tm)

The power was off from 9 till 3-ish today, while The Hydro cut trees... or something. Since I was tired after a few days of doing things, The Labradors and I went to bed at 9 and slept till almost 2-30. I just managed to boil the kettle for a cup of tea before the power was cut. That would be the most difficult thing, to not have a cup of tea all day. 

And here are The Labradors on another icy walk, the best kind according to them!!!

Gilly and Peri ice

And thank goodness for the AutoSave on The Typepad Compose page because I accidentally deleted this whole post. It is definitely time for bed.


Surprise!! Friday Food: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf With Roast Vegetables

Yummy meatloafToday I really needed to use up the fresh pork mince I'd bought. So a meatloaf seemed the easiest thing for me to make. I'm still poorly, but there you go. I was cheered up today by a phone call from Lorelai Gilmore's breeder to say that he might have a new puppy for us before the end of the year. Peri is wobbly and feels well some days and not so well others: a bit like me!! We need a companion for Gilly, so I have put wheels in motion. I think it gave me a bit of a lift to know there was a puppy at the end of the tunnel.

So to the meatloaf, from the August Super Food Ideas. Easier than pie!!! Mix all the meatloaf ingredients together. Wrap it in bacon. Drizzle oil over some chopped vegetables and bake for about 40 minutes. Even I can do that. I pretty much stuck to the recipe too, only substituting rolled oats for fresh breadcrumbs and adding some chopped celery. I like celery.

 

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf With Roast Vegetables     serves 4

  • 500g pork & veal mince, but any mince you have will work
  • 1 small onion/4 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tspn thyme leaves
  • 1 tbspn fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • 2 tspn lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (40ml)
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 6 rashers of bacon
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 red capsicum, thickly sliced
  • 8-12 baby carrots, washed and sliced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped chunkily
  • extra extra virgin olive oil
  • NB 1 tablespoon = 4 teaspoons, 20ml

 

Preheat the oven to 200*C/180*C fan-forced.

Mix the meatloaf

Put the mince, herbs, chopped onion, garlic, tomato paste, breadcrumbs, egg, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. That's it.

Bacon and rollin'

Lay the bacon out on some cling-wrap or baking paper. I used baking paper because them I could just lift the meatloaf, holus-bolus, into the baking tray. Slightly overlap the slices and then form the mince mixture into a loaf shape down the centre, long side of the bacon facing you. Though it doesn't really matter that much. Then wrap the bacon firmly around the meatloaf to encase it.

Vegetables and baking

Lift into the baking tray, which should be lined with baking paper if you didn't use it with the bacon. Add the vegetables and then drizzle with the olive oil. My baking trays were small so I put the bulk of the vegetables in a second tray, also lined with baking paper, and added salt and pepper and olive oil.

Meatloaf baked

Bake for 40-45 minutes. The meatloaf should be nicely browned, and when you stick a skewer into centre the juices should run clear. If it is browning too much or too quickly, cover with some foil. Stand for 5 minutes, then slice thickly and serve with the roast vegetables. I actually think I would like mashed potato with this too. It is also delicious the next day, cold. In sandwiches. Yum!!!

Meatloaf and vegetables